The War of Standards: alternatives to post codes, lat/lon, "here"

 


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OpenLocationCode / plus code

Google, free

NAC

Toronto based, free

geocode.xyz

3geonames.org ***)

Ottawa based, free

what3words ***)

UK based, proprietary

comparison

mapcode TomTom, Nokia etc., free
geohash.org free

Maydenhead Locator System / QTH

amateur radio / ham radio

xaddress Paraguay based, free
eLoc/ mapMyIndia

zip.pr

digital door number

Hyderabad based, proprietary
mapta.gs Bangalore based
OkHi Nairobi based
edress Lebanon based

GO2

https://patents.google.com/patent/US5839088 
Q-codes Belgium based, proprietary
H3

UBER Engineering,

hexagones / free

others, incl. Munich Orientation Convention ISO TC 211
and many other reinventions of the (squared?) wheel

Just one wheel is round, metrical, local, divides the horizon into 12 consumer friendly directions and has all characteristics to be a standard for orientation purposes.

Case-by-case licensing with symbolical fees.

Remark: If the system would be uncontrolled open, immediatly hundreds of "better" standards would arise